As Jimmy mentioned in a comment a few minutes ago, Ygnacio Valley football coach Chris Turner has indeed resigned. Here’s what I wrote for tomorrow’s paper.
As most who follow the blog regulary have speculated and known for days, Fred Sims has been named the new Berkeley High head football coach. More to come after speaking with Sims, but here’s a brief write up.
It was just a season ago when an upstart Mission San Jose High boys volleyball team took down North Coast Section giants De La Salle and Deer Valley on their way to reaching a Division I final.
The Las Lomas Soccer Program is holding its 2nd Annual Lose the Shoes 3 vs. 3 Soccer Tournament. It will be held on May 1 with the proceeds to benefit Grassroot Soccer.
Grassroot Soccer is a non-profit that uses the power of soccer to benefit the youth of Africa in HIV/AIDS awareness. To learn more visit www.grassrootsoccer.org.
And to sign up, contact Las Lomas head coach Brian Oliveira at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (925) 956-9009.
Bishop O’Dowd is graduating three Division I bound seniors from its girls basketball team, but the future still looks bright. Today, Dragons center Kendall “K.C.” Waters was named the Cal-Hi Sports state Freshman of the Year. Waters is just one of four ultra-talented Bishop O’Dowd freshmen. Ariell Bostick saw lots of playing time at point guard this year while post players Breanna Brown and Odera Chidom are already ridiculously tall at 6-foot-3 and 6-2, respectively. Watch out for the Dragons in 2013!
Matthew Lane, who guided Castlemont High’s girls basketball team to the Oakland Athletic League playoffs in each of his 19 years as head coach, is leaving the school for the same position at Pittsburg.
His brother, Gilbert Lane, will step into the Castlemont job after after a long stint as the program’s junior varsity coach.
“It was time for a change,” Matthew Lane said. “I’ve been there 19 years, and I felt really good about leaving it in my brother’s hands.”
A Pittsburg resident, Lane cited the school’s proximity to his home as another factor in his decision.
Lane’s Castlemont teams reached the Northern California Regional playoffs 14 times. They advanced as far as the semifinals twice — in 1996 and 2007.
I spoke a short time ago with Berkeley athletic director Bill Gaebler, who said the school should be announcing it’s new head coach early next week. Look for the announcement to come Monday or Tuesday.
Frank Knight, who recently stepped down as the boys basketball coach at Fremont High, will take over the same position at Moreau Catholic, the school announced Friday.
Knight will be an on-campus coach and serve as a social studies teacher.
The Monte Vista High girls lacrosse team might be the top ranked team in California, according to westsidelax.com, but don’t forget about Carondelet.
The Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the state, they are 11-0 this year, including a perfect 5-0 in the ultra-competitive East Bay Athletic League.
Former NFL and Cal star Hardy Nickerson was announced Thursday as the new head football coach at Bishop O’Dowd High.
Nickerson, whose son Hardy Jr. is a sophomore who plays for the Dragons, was O’Dowd’s linebackers coach last season and takes over for 25-year veteran Paul Perenon, whose contract was not renewed.